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An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd’s resignation – dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It’s another facet for Jonathan Church’s well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly … Continue reading

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Waste, National Theatre

A principled reformer destroyed by a combination of sex scandal, religious hypocrisy and machine politics: Harvey Granville Barker’s drama, banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1907, still feels eerily pertinent. However, in Roger Michell’s arid production of this overlong play, … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks. Regular readers will know I look forward to these about as much as emergency root canal surgery with a rusty saw. We reached a nadir last year with the addition of Donnie (Baby!) Osmond during Movie Week. On … Continue reading

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Accolade, St James Theatre

Reclaiming lost plays can be unnecessary indulgence, but Blanche McIntyre’s note-perfect production of Emlyn Williams’ 64-year-old work ushers in the renaissance of a thoroughly modern masterpiece. This progressive examination of ethical relativism, trial by media and the tension between public … Continue reading

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First Episode, Jermyn Street Theatre

Rediscovered work offers aficionados a tantalising piece of the puzzle. Terence Rattigan’s callow debut, reborn after 80 years in obscurity, bears the hallmarks of his later plays, notably closeted ardour and the torment of unequal passion, but is more study … Continue reading

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A melodramatic production that needs more bite to really engage

You would think the 2005 London bombings and their turbulent aftermath offer more than enough drama for an 80-minute play, but actor-turned-writer Damien Tracey adds to the mix political intrigue, romantic scandal, and not one but two ethnically charged revenge … Continue reading

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